Kalendrical Hijinks

In the Nervous Disorder, depending on where you live, today could have varied just a wee bit from the General Roman Kalendar.

If you are a resident of England, Scotland, or Wales, which style of liturgical language would you prefer to prevail in the Ordinariates?

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Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

14 thoughts on “Kalendrical Hijinks”

  1. Well, in the parish I attended in Los Angeles, this Sunday is Ascension Sunday, but it is also that parish's anniversary. So Holy Mass was celebrated with girls dancing a choreographed routine in the sanctuary, large HD screens airing a sort of infomercial about the parish, and secular music.

    So I attended a solemn Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at the nearby Ukrainian Catholic church afterwards. Never did the taste of the body and blood of Christ get sweeter than when it is given by His holy priest.

    No worries, I also attended Mass last Thursday, which was, according to the calendar sent to me by the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord at the Los Angeles Cathedral. But during the end of the Mass, the celebrant told everyone in the Cathedral that the feast day is on Sunday, today, according to the "New Calendar" that was literally new to me at that moment.

    How farest ye Anglo-Catholic brethren?

      1. I'm Roman Catholic, by the way. It wasn't my parish, but it was a neighboring parish. (Los Angeles has many RC churches near each other) I was visiting due to family obligations, and to worship the Lord.

        As for the liturgy, I'm not kidding. The Ascension Sunday gospel wasn't even the center of the parish pastor's sermon. He kept rambling on about something that had only oblique reference to any of the readings. Yes, there were six teenage girls dancing around the sanctuary waving sticks with streamers, dancing a choreographed routine during the entrance procession. Yes, there were two, large, flat-screens flanking the transept distracting from the holy mass. And yes, the choir sang secular-sounding melodies. (I'm not sure about the lyrics, if they're scriptural. They seem to pander to the multicultural nature of that parish.)

        It's frustrating, really. I suppose the Lord wants me to practice the virtue of patience.

  2. Well, as reported on this blog, the Archbishop of Ottawa Terrence Prendergast came and celebrated Ascension at our little sodality last Thursday. So we celebrated the Sunday After Ascension while the rest of the Ottawa archdiocese marked Ascension today except I guess for the Traditional Latin Mass Parish and Eastern Catholics who maybe haven't reached Ascension yet in their calendar as Easter was later for them.

    1. Oh, speaking of Eastern Catholics, the priest at the Ukrainian Catholic church that I attended noted that this is Ascension Sunday too.

  3. Actually, that is an excellent question. Since the decision to move Ascension to the sunday after the actual day pertains, as far as I know, to the bishops' conference, and since the Ordinary is part of that bishops' conference, is the transfer of the feast relevant for the ordinariate parishes, too? Or does it need a special decision by the Ordinary to move this feast? If so, has the Ordinary / have the Ordinaries taken that decision?
    And how cool is it to be able to use "Ordinary" in the plural?

  4. The transfer of the feast is made by each ecclesiastical province. These are fairly numerous: for example, New England comprises two provinces. If the Ordinariate is independent of the geographical provinces, the Ordinary may have the full competence to decide the question.

  5. Since I am technically involved in three parishes I have to say that today is "Ascension Sunday" in two of them. However, the third is a Traditional Latin Mass community at the local cathedral. Though I was not able to attend mass there today (due to work schedule), I do believe it is the Sunday after Ascension (proper).

  6. At our RC parish, It was formally Easter VII. The Gospel was from S. John 17, and the homily following was excellent, concerning our Lord's direction and expectations for all of His "disciples."

  7. The Ordinariate of the Chair of S.Peter will be going by the traditional calendar, with the Feast on the Thursday and the Sunday in Ascensiontide, no?

  8. Providentially, I'm a Philadelphian, so I've never had to deal with "Ascension Sunday," except when on holiday. I don't know if they've changed, but the last time I was in Scotland I was happy to find that they didn't "translate" the feast to Sunday, although they have in Ireland and England/Wales. Although I had to chuckle at the "Nervous Disorder" comment, let's try to keep the discourse respectful. Disparaging the Ordinary Form of our Roman Rite, work-in-progress that it is, is not helpful to the Ordinariate or liturgical reform.

    1. A little comedy is not disrespectful. And as for "disparagement" of the Ordinary Form, there are a number of bishops, including the Pope, who have had very harsh words for the banality and poverty of this Rite-by-Committee. The criticism is only growing.

      We have to accept that the OF of the Latin Rite is legitimate and valid. We are not compelled to believe that it is adequate — or that it stands in an organic line of descent from the older form of the Roman Mass. To many it is a catastrophe which, for the good of the Church, must be remedied as soon as is pastorally possible.

      Honestly, I thought the Clown Mass allusion would have drawn the fire… The three percent have my earnest prayers!

      1. I'm so happy about someone really high noticing how banal and borderline (if not having crossed already) blasphemous some Masses are. One would only have to contrast the sight of "clown masses" with that of our Lord, crucified but ignored.

        But yes, the Masses at my regular parish is as solemn as the "Ordinary Form" of Pope Paul VI's Mass can get, but something is still lacking for me when I attend that Mass, which was a realization that occurred to me when I attended a traditional Anglican Rite liturgy. This Sarum Rite seemed to me a happy mixture of The Mass of Saint Gregory/Tridentine Mass, and a really pious and solemn usage of the English Language. Not to mention how profoundly beautiful and different the hymnody is. I have to stop now, before I start gushing about how much I like the Anglo-Catholic rites and such.

        This is why I've become so interested in the Ordinariates and why I pray so much for them and those congregations that entered or in the process of entering them; I want them to be successful, because they seem like the beginning of something greater, something that will hopefully wake up other Catholics who have fallen asleep in the protestantized liturgies and the feel-good, liberation theology nonsense that got circulated around from the pulpit and church groups for decades.

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